Air Pollution Impacts on Crops & Forests by Lisa Emberson, Frank Murray, M. R. Ashmore, Mike Ashmore

By Lisa Emberson, Frank Murray, M. R. Ashmore, Mike Ashmore

Pollution is an issue affecting all the things of our planet besides the fact that, its international results are poorly understood. This e-book presents the 1st really worldwide evaluate of the dimensions of affects of pollution on plants and forests. The center of the ebook includes checks of the matter by way of specialists from 12 various nations on each continent -- describing the facts of pollution results on crop yields and wooded area power in regards to environmental guidelines. those analyses are put within the context of an international review of the size of present and destiny pollution degrees, in addition to within the socio-economic context of neighborhood construction platforms.

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NAAQO are designed to provide protection to human health, vegetation, animals and materials. 5 [im diameter (PM2 5) and 0 3 have been developed to protect human health under auspices of the Canadian Council of North America 39 Table 2. U n i t e d States National A m b i e n t Air Quality S t a n d a r d s (NAAQS). S. S. EPA. 5 (im. *As the three-year average of the 4th-highest daily maximum 8-hour average of continuous ambient air monitoring data over each year. + As the three-year average of the annual arithmetic mean of the 24-hour concentrations from single or multiple population oriented monitors.

Emberson 2000). In addition, the environmental costs of improved farm technologies have been high. For example, during the 1980s Central America increased production by 32% and its cultivated area by 13%, but doubled its consumption of pesticides (FAO, 1997). The depletion and destruction of forest resources to clear land for agricultural activities, especially in the Amazon region, is also of regional and global concern. In terms of forestry, much of the remaining intact natural forested areas are to be found in the Amazon basin, Canada, central Africa, southeast Asia and the Russian Federation.

These dose-response relationships have been used in a variety of ways (discussed in detail in Chaps. 2 to 5 and 14) to assess the risk to vegetation of ambient pollution levels, with the overall aim of informing appropriate emission abatement policy. The information presented in Chaps. 6 to 13 clearly shows that current ambient levels of pollution in several developing countries are causing visible injury and losses in productivity of many species of agricultural crops and forest trees. However, it is very difficult to assess the full Introduction 23 magnitude of damage and productivity loss due to air pollution in developing regions.

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